Due to my slightly obsessive trip planning, I had our restaurant picked out two weeks before we arrived in Wilkes-Barre for our one night stop over. Trip Advisor was my friend while planning the trip. I scoured the reviews online and then poured over the menus of the contenders. After weeks of evaluating my choices, I finally narrowed it down to the Anthracite Cafe.
It is located in the middle of a neighborhood. I got the impression that this was a popular place for the locals. The parking lot was completely full when we arrived (and it was already 9 pm), so we took this as a good sign. When we first arrived, we entered into the bar area and waited a little awkwardly at the entrance for awhile until we finally got someone's attention (to be fair we were there late for dinner and I don't think they were expecting anyone else for dinner). We were brought to a table and settled in.
The waitress greeted us and quickly brought out our drink orders.
I started with a Margarita. I am spoiled in Portland, Maine with all of our craft cocktails so I am an unfair judge for this Margarita. I believe this was made with a mixer. It still tasted pretty good and was much needed after our first long day on the road.
We ordered an appetizer of the fried mozzarella. Riley was initially put off that it was one large square of cheese instead of sticks. But once he tried it, he could not stop talking about how good it was (like seriously, the whole trip I had to hear about how good this was). Make sure you eat this when you go here.
I was digging the decorations in the dining room. Lots of great signs from the different beer companies. It was fun checking them all out.
For Gabrian's dinner, he went with the Clams Appetizer. While he still prefers as his main shellfish, he still enjoyed eating these clams. I was able to snag one and it was super tender (and no sand or grit which I absolutely hate finding in my clams).
Riley picked out the Crab Cake Sandwich. He is a sucker for crab cakes and he found this delicious. He polished it off before I blinked. Based on how fast he inhaled this, I am going to declare this choice as a success.
I ordered the Mountain Burger that was topped with some pretty amazing Onion Rings. I really enjoyed this burger but was only able to make it through half before I had to call it quits (Riley was more than happy to oblige and finish it off for me).
I also tried out the Hell or High Watermelon that was on draft. I loved this. It was so light and refreshing. I could definitely taste notes of watermelon in it.
We ended the meal by sharing a slice of the Big Chocolate Cake. It was ok (probably the only flop for us of the meal) but we have definitely had better.
Overall, we had a very enjoyable experience at the Anthracite Cafe and would definitely go back the next time we are in town. If you would like to try them out for yourself, they are located at 804 Scott Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.